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The Checkup: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

A Warning on 4,800-Calorie Burger? Lighten Up!

Josh Kowalczyk, an intern with the West Michigan Whitecaps, holds the massive, 4800-calorie burger. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Rex Larsen) A Michigan minor-league baseball team's scheme to sell a big honkin' burger totaling 4,800 calories as a concession-stand promotion has drawn the ire of a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  General Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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Does Baby Fat Lead to Obesity?

There's new evidence that baby fat may not always be so cute after all. Babies that gain a lot of weight quickly in their first six months of life are at increased risk for becoming obese by the time they become toddlers, according to new research. Obesity rates among children...

By Rob Stein  |  April 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Family Health , Motherhood , Obesity  
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Meet Dr. Ian

(Courtesy of Dr. Ian Smith) Ian Smith has never had to diet. At 39, he's fit and trim, a life-long athlete and healthful eater. But he understands how hard it is to lose weight. As a medical doctor and media voice on nutrition issues (he is, for instance, the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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One Miracle Berry That Lives Up to Hype

I've just had the sweetest, most delightful afternoon snack. First, I ate two slices of lemon. Then a spoonful of sour cream. And a drop of hot sauce, followed by a taste of unsweetened cocoa. Finally, the piece de resistance: a hunk of red bell pepper. The lemon and pepper...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 31, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , General Health , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Fast-Food Calories: Maybe We Just Don't Want to Know

Researchers from the psychology department at Yale University hung out in a handful of fast-food eateries (McDonald's, Burger King, Au Bon Pain and Starbucks) in Manhattan's Upper West Side; New Haven, Conn.; and Connecticut suburbs of New York City, keeping an eye on customers' behavior. Of 4,311 people they observed,...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Psychology  
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